Helping You Select The Best Hearing Aid For Your Developing Child

It is possible to fit a hearing aid or other system to children from 4 weeks of age. Together with a hearing specialist, you must firstly determine which type of aid is best for your child. Assessing this is done by an audiologist, working together with an early intervention team. You will work with them to determine what your child’s specific needs are. You must do this because young children can’t adjust their hearing aids. Hence, you must learn to understand the device, and it has to be easy to manipulate. As your child grows, more sophisticated aids can be used. The first hearing aid your child will have will be easy to adjust in terms of amplification and frequency response. More often than not, this will be a digital model. Naturally, your child will grow and his ears will grow as well. As such, a new hearing aid will need to be fitted regularly. As your child ages,he will require new hearing aids less and less frequently. Most schools and homes use HATS (hearing assistive technology system), and this means that the hearing aid has to have features to connect to these systems.

There are many different types of hearing aids. However, most children will be fitted a BTE (behind the ear). Firstly, this is because they can be fitted to various ear molds. Additionally, the mold itself can easily be detached and remade to fit the growing ear. Plus, cleaning and handling the BTE is very easy. Furthermore, it is very easy to do a listening check with them. Furthermore, a BTE can be employed in different types of hearing losses. Also, it can easily connect to other listening devices. Finally, the material is soft, safe and comfortable.

Once the hearing aid is selected, it will be set by an audiologist using test results. In most cases, real ear measurement will be used in order to fit the aid. Doing this will make it possible for the audiologist to compute the RECD (real ear to coupler difference). Working with the RECD permits the setting and adjustment of a hearing aid using a hearing aid test box. Hence, the settings will be a lot more accurate. All of this sounds incredibly complicated and technical, but you must remember it is done together with a team of specialists. Also, we quickly get used to things as people, meaning that after awhile, you will find that it is not that complicated anymore.